My First Summit

By BrandonA Day in the Life2 Comments

Kim and Sydney headed out to one of Sydney‘s classmates birthday party. Leaving Peep and I with some quality time. I asked her what she wanted to do. She listed a few things like board games in the basements, riding her scooter, and watching a Barbie movie. She doesn’t know her Daddy very well. So I told her we were going to the mountains!

Mount Sanitas

She was mostly excited because she wanted to go to Bear Peak — to see a bear. Well, I decided that was a bit too much work for her and I today so we opted for Mount Sanitas. She didn’t know what kind of animal a “Sanitas” was, so she said we should go to “Fox Peak” (which does not exist) so she could see a fox. Get it?

Mount Sanitas

I carried Reagan in the backpack up the East Sanitas Trail. It was about 88 degrees but I motored through it. Passing others who were not carrying a 40+ pound kid on their back. She is definitely too heavy for the backpack but it gives a good leg strength workout. I talked Reagan into hiking once we hit the rock climbs. She was up for that! Tight squeeze.

Mount Sanitas

There is even a cave-ish area that she had to check out.

Mount Sanitas

Lots of steps on Sanitas. She couldn’t quite figure out how nature made steps like this for us to walk on.

Mount Sanitas

As we neared the summit, I was pulling out my motivational tricks to get her to the pole — that is the summit marker on Sanitas. Reagan summits at 4 years old! Ok, not the whole way under her power but everything from the rocks on. Great job, Peep!

Mount Sanitas

We had our picnic lunch on the summit and enjoyed the views — with a billion other people. Now, I know why I run this on Wednesday mornings in solitude.

Mount Sanitas

Brought my video camera along of course because Reagan wanted to show Kim and Sydney what this was all about.

Like any good hiker, Reagan started bonking on the way down. So I put her back into the pack and made my way down. Anything that was flat, we ran. I pretended to be a horse and that quickly had her laughing the rest of the way down. People we passed thought we were crazy — just how we like it!

I went 3.25 miles with an elevation gain of 1,345 feet in 01:57:01, which is an average pace of 35:59. View my GPS data.

  • Reagan, you did such a good job on the hike! Keep working and someday you can come to the big ones with me and your Dad.

  • Nana & Papa

    Reagan we are so proud of you for making it to the top! Hope we can plan a hike on our next visit….but not where the bears are please!